Royal Navy officer stripped of MBE for conning stepson out of £60k inheritance

An ex-Royal Navy Officer has been stripped of his MBE from the Queen for conning his stepson out of his inheritance fund.

The former officer was jailed for defrauding nearly £60,000 from his stepson's inheritance fund.

Iain Shepherd, of Bognor Regis, West Sussex had been awarded the MBE in 2015 for services to European maritime strategy.

But in July last year, the retired lieutenant commander was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court to three years and eight months in prison.

He faked his wife's signature to set up a secret bank account to siphon £58,895 from the inheritance fund of his stepson Joshua Powell.

The Falklands veteran was ordered to pay almost a third of the sum, just £19,497.

The Queen has cancelled the MBE and ordered for his name to be erased from the register.

Following the sentencing, his wife, Mary, had called for him to be stripped of the MBE.

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She said: "He is a disgrace to the armed forces, a disgrace to the navy."

A notice on The Gazette official public record states: "The Queen has directed that the appointment of Iain Cochrane Shepherd to be a Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated June 13, 2015, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the Said Order."

Following the removal of the MBE, his wife told The Portsmouth News: "I'm absolutely delighted his MBE has been taken away.

"He should never been awarded it because he was an undeclared bankrupt, a liar and a cheat."

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